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Celebrity chef Rachel Allen's son (19) admits drug dealing charges

Rachel Allen with son Joshua (19), who has admitted drugs charges
Rachel Allen with son Joshua (19), who has admitted drugs charges

By Ralph Riegel

The teenage son of Irish celebrity chef Rachel Allen has admitted drugs charges involving both cannabis and cocaine at the world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School.

Joshua Allen (19), the eldest son of Rachel and Isaac Allen, appeared before Midleton District Court on a total of six charges contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977.

Four of the charges involved possession and possession for sale or supply of drugs, namely cannabis and cocaine, at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, east Cork, on August 30 2018.

The most serious count involved a charge that Allen possessed cannabis worth more than €13,000 for sale or supply.

Two charges related to possession of cannabis and possession of cannabis for sale or supply at Ballinamona, Shanagarry, on September 5, 2018.

The defendant, who turns 20 in November, currently lives at the Ballinamona address.

He arrived at Midleton District Court shortly before 10.30am with his solicitor, Don Ryan. His parents were not in court.

The defendant, who appeared wearing a smart blue suit and shirt, did not speak during the hearing beyond confirming his identity.

He sat in the main gallery of the court, directly behind his solicitor.

Allen's case was first in a lengthy court list.

"The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has indicated that the matter be dealt with on indictment. The DPP has consented to the matter being sent forward on a signed plea of guilty. That is what is happening," inspector Tony O'Sullivan said.

Solicitor Don Ryan, for Allen, confirmed the pleas to Judge Brian Sheridan.

"That is correct - he is going forward on signed pleas of guilty," he said.

Inspector Sean McCarthy said that after being cautioned and charged yesterday, the defendant made no reply to gardai.

Judge Sheridan remanded the teen on bail to Cork Circuit Criminal Court on May 8.

Gardai had no objection to bail, though Allen will be required to sign on at a garda station three times each week, surrender his passport and undertake not to apply for any new travel documents.

The defendant must also remain within the jurisdiction and live at Ballinamona, Shanagarry. The teen left the court immediately after the hearing and was driven away.

He is the grandson of Darina Allen and the great-grandson of the late Myrtle Allen, founder of the Ballymaloe cookery empire in east Cork.

Joshua Allen was arrested last September after the controlled delivery of a parcel with a US postmark to an address in east Cork.

Rachel and Isaac Allen issued a statement at that time, saying they were "absolutely devastated" by what had happened.

Joshua Allen's arrest came just three months after the death of Ballymaloe founder Myrtle Allen, his great grandmother.

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